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29 people were murdered in a shootout in Bastar three days before to the voting. The leading Naxalite

At least 29 Naxalites were killed on Tuesday during a gunfight with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district. Among them was their chief commander, Shankar Rao. Only three days before the Lok Sabha elections, a furious gunfire resulted in the injuries of three security men.

Numerous firearms were taken from the area. Rao wore a Rs. 25 lakh prize on his head. A combined squad of the BSF and state police’s District Reserve Guard was patrolling the region at 2:00 pm when the violent altercation occurred in the Hapatola forest between the villages of Binagunda and Koronar, within the boundaries of the Chhotebethiya police station, according to police authorities.

The state police said that “a huge cache of weapons, including AK-47, SLR, Insas, and.303 rifles, was recovered after the area was searched following the encounter.” According to Bastar IGP Sundarraj, this was one of the largest anti-Naxal operations in the region. First phase polling is scheduled for April 19 in the Naxalite-affected Bastar Legislative Seat; second phase voting is scheduled for April 26 in Kanker, which is also in the area.

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